Valentine's day is quickly approaching. If you're going on a big date for this year's holiday, you may already be thinking about what you'll wear and what your hair will look like. When it comes to your personal appearance, the state of your teeth can be just as important as the type of clothes that you wear and the hairstyle that you choose. Knowing how to keep your teeth sparkling for your date may help you to have a better Valentine's Day.
Stick to Dark Chocolate
When it comes to dental hygiene, dark chocolate is better for your teeth than milk chocolate because it has a lower sugar content. In fact, dark chocolate is better for your teeth in a variety of ways. While the tannins in dark chocolate stop bacteria from sticking to your teeth, flavonoids prevent tooth decay and polyphenols prevent gum infections. If given your choice between dark chocolate and milk chocolate this Valentine's day, pick a dark chocolate to help your teeth stay healthy.
Avoid Sticky and Hard Candies
Candies like caramel have a way of sticking to your teeth and coating their enamel in sugar, which contributes to tooth decay. Meanwhile, hard candies like little "conversation hearts" and suckers can cause wear and tear on your tooth enamel. To protect your teeth, limit your consumption of these particular candies.
Swish Between Sips of Wine and Coffee
If you're going out for drinks with your date, remember that red and white wine are both acidic beverages that can wear down your tooth enamel and contribute to staining. Furthermore, the coffee and tea that you might drink on your date can also cause your teeth to yellow. If you consume any of these beverages at the meal, swish with sparkling water between sips. Drinking sparkling water will help wash off your teeth and prevent stains.
Clean Your Teeth Before and After the Meal
Bring a toothbrush with you on your date. Ideally, you would brush your teeth before and after the meal to keep your teeth looking their best throughout the event. However, many people find brushing their teeth twice in a span of one meal to be excessive. If you don't want to brush your teeth twice, seek alternatives. For example, instead of brushing, try chewing sugarless gum after the meal, or eat crunchy vegetables before the meal.
Pay a Visit to the Dentist
Before the big night, make an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist can clean your teeth, which will make them slick and shiny for your big night. He or she can also whiten your teeth, improving the appearance of your smile for your date. For more information about how you can protect your teeth this Valentine's day, contact your dentist. One of the dentists at Hill Crest Dental Centre may be able to meet your needs in this area.